Found October 15, 2013 on
Waiting For Next Year:
It’s a confusing time to be a Browns fan. I guess it’s always a confusing time to be a Browns fan, but this is a conundrum almost unlike any other since 1999. The Cleveland Browns might not be traditional trailblazers, but they do find new and interesting ways to confuse their fans. The Cleveland Browns are in contention right now, but they’re really not. Their record says that they are, but with the loss of Brian Hoyer and one single game to the Detroit Lions – a decent team by the way – the Browns have gone from being real contenders to one that’s very difficult to believe in. Can this team give Browns fans anything to believe in the rest of the season?
Forget the fans for a second. I honestly wonder how things are going in that locker room right about now. The fans are admittedly over-reactionary week-in and week-out with the ups and downs of a normal NFL schedule, but this is different. The way the Browns carried themselves on Sunday seemed to tell the tale. Nobody gave Brandon Weeden credit for any part of the three game winning streak. Even the third win where Weeden played the bulk of the game, Travis Benjamin and the defense pretty well beat the Bills.
I would guess that sentiment extends to the locker room too. The words from Weeden’s teammates were all supportive and encouraging coming into the Lions game, but I’m guessing he needed to back that up with some results. Now that he’s helped make the team the butt of jokes nationally – including being featured on the always abysmal “C’Mon Man” Monday Night Football segment – that support probably doesn’t turn on a dime in the fan-base alone. I’m guessing the locker room is having a tough time taking Brandon Weeden seriously today too.
The person to keep an eye on is Rob Chudzinski. He’s the man who had his team ready to play against Minnesota after the Trent Richardson trade. He was the one who presumably made the decision to go to Brian Hoyer. 1 In the face of adversity these Browns played their best football of the season. Now that the equation has changed again and he faces that same adversity, it will be up to him and his staff to respond. I hope for all of our sake the response doesn’t look like what we say this week against the Lions.
So, what do Browns fans do? Based on my perception of the fan base right now, there’s almost nobody that believes in Brandon Weeden. Then again, there aren’t a whole lot of other options. Even if there were two or three free agents sitting available at home, it isn’t like they could step in cold and be ready to run the Browns’ offense. Do Browns fans use that awful political cliché and “hold their nose” while rooting for Brandon Weeden? Do they ask for Jason Campbell? Do they scream at Joe Banner to do something? After all, Joe Banner said no matter what happens with the Browns and their roster that he was available to take the blame and responsibility as the man at the top of the org chart.
I don’t have any answers, but I’m sick with the thought of what this team could become over the next ten games. I’m sick with the thought of what we might have been able to find out about this team with Brian Hoyer running the offense. I’m sick with the thought of what this defense could have accomplished with an offense that they could believe in. I’m sick with the thought that another new organization could come into Berea and almost immediately get bitten by the same snake that seems to bite every group that finds themselves roaming those hallways.
Maybe that’s just the historical paranoia talking. But as I said, it’s a confusing time to be a Browns fan.
Your move Browns.
I mean, I’m sure Joe Banner and Michael Lombardi expressed opinions on the topic, but I think Chud probably made it.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Nobody in Browns town likes it when the Browns lose, but one fan apparently hated it so much that he filmed the burning of his Brandon Weeden jersey. As I stated on Twitter last week, I haven’t bought a Browns jersey since my Kellen Winslow one was rendered useless. I bet this Browns fan wishes he could say the same. Or maybe pyromania is more exciting than not wasting money on...
The Browns surprised few today when Rob Chudzinski announced that they were sticking with Brandon Weeden as starter. Sure, Weeden might have thrown one of the worst passes in NFL history yesterday in a loss to the Detroit Lions, but who else were they going to use? Did you also forget that Jason Campbell’s brief appearance for the Browns in the second game of the year also included...
If the Cleveland Browns had any doubts about Brandon Weeden’s leadership abilities, he did his best to put them to rest against the Detroit Lions. The Cleveland Browns went into the locker room with a 17-7 lead over the Lions. For a moment in time people might have thought, Norv Turner and Chudzinski have gotten through to Weeden, they might have thought Weeden finally figured...
Brandon Weeden returned to the game after Brian Hoyer was injured during the Buffalo Bills Thursday night game. Well after leading the Browns to a win against Buffalo and losing a game last week against Detroit it seems at least one fan has given up on him. That fan is 22 year old Seth Pae […]
Brandon Weeden just isn’t cutting it in Cleveland in the minds of some fans.
The Browns seemed to have some semblance of a shot this season, but one fan has grown impatient with the team’s quarterback, so that fan has taken to the best place to find whatever random thing you are looking for — Craigslist — in search of a new signal caller. Weeden has a 71.4 passer rating and...
The Browns were up 17-7 at halftime, but did not manage to score after that losing 31-17; this certainly didn’t help Brandon Weeden and the Browns’ cause.
Granted Lions linebacker, DeAndre Levy made a fantastic play on the ball, this was one of the more poorly executed plays of the 2013 season.
The post Brandon Weeden’s Terrible Interception (GIF) appeared first on The Farm Club.
Browns coach Rob Chudzinski will not bench quarterback Brandon Weeden following Sunday's loss to Detroit.
Weeden threw an interception in the fourth quarter of the 31-17 loss to the Lions, who outscored the Browns 24-0 in the second half.
But Chudzinski said Weeden played ''well in spurts'' and he has no intention of making a switch to backup Jason Campbell...
Browns QB Brandon Weeden hasn’t been playing high level football. He may have had the ugliest interception of the season when he tried to backhand a pass against Detroit that eventually resulted in a TD. That was one of two interceptions on the day for Weeden. Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that that doesn’t open the door for backup Jason Campbell.
Cleveland sports fans are waiting. Thus, while we’re all waiting, the WFNY editors thought you might enjoy reading. Because you never know how long we might be waiting. So here are assorted reading goodies for you to enjoy. Send more good links for tomorrow’s edition to email@example.com.
“Should the Browns have won this game? Probably. Unfortunately, we found...
Struggling quarterback Brandon Weeden threw an ugly interception that sealed the Browns' fate against Detroit last week.
It appeared that the Browns had given up on the 2013 season after an 0-2 start and trading RB Trent Richardson to the Colts. Then Brian Hoyer came along and led the Browns to consecutive wins before he was injured in a Thursday night game vs. the Bills. Brandon Weeden, who was the starter, came in the game and led the Browns to victory and first place in the AFC North.
The NFL has fined Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh yet again, this time $31,500 for a hit that he put on Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden. Ironically, the Lions were not penalized in last Sunday’s victory over the fine-worthy play.
Being a disruptive character for the first few years of his career, he has brought a much deserved, yet almost unfair watch from...
Ndamukong Suh again finds himself in the NFL's crosshairs. The Lions defensive tackle who has already been fined $100000 this season for an illegal block on Vikings' center John Sullivan could be facing more sanctions after a questionable hit on Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden last Sunday.
The play wasn't flagged on the field but it didn't escape the watchful eye...
NFL Fines supposedly go to charity. These charities could fund themselves for years based on Lions DT Ndamukong Suh’s fines. Suh has been fined again, this time for a hit on Brandon Weeden:
Source close to Ndamukong Suh confirms that Suh has been fined $31,500 by the NFL for a hit on Browns QB Brandon Weeden
— Mike O'Hara (@MikeOHaraNFL) October 16, 2013
We knew something...
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Rather than a tale of two cities, last Sunday’s Browns game could be described as a tale of two halves culminating in a disappointing loss to the Detroit Lions by a score of 31-17 in front of 70,000-plus at First Energy Stadium. Currently tied for second place in the AFC North, the Cleveland Browns (3-3) missed a chance to tie...